Why shop local? The question is, Why Not?
Community involvement. Local business owners donate to nonprofit organizations and local events, belong to area clubs, have children in the school, own property, and more, which are all ways they assist with the small-town economy.
Price isn’t everything. The big-box stores offer deep discounts. It’s cheaper online. But what about quality? Those corporations you are handing your money to in the name of convenience, where are they investing those dollars? What are the working conditions of those in the overseas factories that are making the items? And factor in the cost of gas, the time wasted at stoplights and in checkout lines, and those cheap prices just took a hike.
Shopping local bridges the gap. There are two seasons in Three Rivers: Tourist season and not. It’s important to help local business owners during the winter so they can pay the bills until tourist season rolls around again next spring.
One-of-a-kind items. Why spend money on a bunch of plastic products when a shopper can find unique gift ideas just minutes from their home?